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It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He's been Violet's one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he's Grigori—part human, part angel—and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles. 

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he's the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln's lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...


"In her YA paranormal romance debut, Jessica Shirvington combines "the badass-action of Vampire Academy, the complex love triangles of Twilight, and the angel mythology of Fallen, taken one step further." —Book Couture

"Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive—and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series."— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

"One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick-butt, well-defined heroine." — RT Book Reviews

Topics: First in a Series, Angels, Supernatural Powers, Dark, Romantic, and Debut

Published: Sourcebooks on Sep 1, 2012
ISBN: 9781402271267
List price: $0.99
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really like the book. good and evil. hate how it seems that Violet is easily controlled. between good and evil. read more
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Love it!!! Such a good book!!!read more
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I have had both good and bad experience with YA angel novels in the past. Firstly there is the Uneartly series by Cynthia Hand with I absolutely loved, then there are books like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick which I would quite happily burn, and Fallen which I put down as DNF after struggling to get through the first 100 pages! I had first chosen to read Embrace at the beginning of the year when choosing books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. Much to my surprise I discovered that Jessica Shirvington is in fact a fellow Aussie and this book has been out Down Under for quite awhile now! I was so keen to read it I broke my ebook only rule and actually purchased the physical book (sadly the ebook is NOT available in Australia along with many other wonderful YA books I’m desperate to purchase!).Embrace is the story of Violet who has never particularly enjoyed her birthdays as her mother died shortly after giving birth to her. On her 17th birthday her mother had left her a gift including a strange letter hinting about faith and otherwordly concepts leaving her feeling quite confused. Shortly after turning 17 Violet discovers she is part angel and has to decide whether to forgo her angel heritage or “embrace” this side of her fully.I really liked Violet as a character for the most part of this book. She starts off strong, self sufficient and completely relatable. It’s actually a nice change to have a girl who is fit and sporty as a central character for no reason other than she wants to be, I can’t really think of another main heroine who is like that. Through the book she gets quite ragey and spiteful which is out of character and at first I was puzzled by it then caught on that there were paranormal influences at work and this just worked for the story. Like any good heroine Violet isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes, learns a lot and really grows into her new world as the story progresses while still managing to stay grounded in her normal day to day life.Like so many Young Adult books there are 2 guys and I found both of them to be completely HOT, there is the quiet, reserved “good” guy Lincoln and then the dark mysterious “bad” boy Phoenix who both get quite a bit of air time. Now I’m sure there will be quite a few Phoenix fans out there but I must be drawn to the strong silent type or something because I swear if she ends up with Phoenix at the end of this quartet I will have to smack her over the head for her stupidity! For a bit of fresh air in a YA book there is actually some sex which is so rare these days I actually reread the scene because I was like “did she just do that… like really did she?!!!” Both of the guys really are more than they seem, their characters are definitely much deeper then just good and bad and this is what really made this story a great read. I personally can’t wait to find out more about Phoenix’s backstory in the future books.I really enjoyed the angel mythology and premise of this world as well and can’t wait to find out more, the whole “Embrace” trials to accept your Grigori powers was really interesting and I will be interested to find out even more about the myhology in the remaining books of the series. I really liked how the whole Angel and Grigori lore was new to Violet as well and the information was given out in a way that didn’t make it too overwhelming – you just went on the learning journey with her as the story progressed.Overall I found this to be a fantastic debut novel by a great Aussie author and think anyone with an interest in Angel or paranormal stories will appreciate this story!read more
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really like the book. good and evil. hate how it seems that Violet is easily controlled. between good and evil.
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Love it!!! Such a good book!!!
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I have had both good and bad experience with YA angel novels in the past. Firstly there is the Uneartly series by Cynthia Hand with I absolutely loved, then there are books like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick which I would quite happily burn, and Fallen which I put down as DNF after struggling to get through the first 100 pages! I had first chosen to read Embrace at the beginning of the year when choosing books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. Much to my surprise I discovered that Jessica Shirvington is in fact a fellow Aussie and this book has been out Down Under for quite awhile now! I was so keen to read it I broke my ebook only rule and actually purchased the physical book (sadly the ebook is NOT available in Australia along with many other wonderful YA books I’m desperate to purchase!).Embrace is the story of Violet who has never particularly enjoyed her birthdays as her mother died shortly after giving birth to her. On her 17th birthday her mother had left her a gift including a strange letter hinting about faith and otherwordly concepts leaving her feeling quite confused. Shortly after turning 17 Violet discovers she is part angel and has to decide whether to forgo her angel heritage or “embrace” this side of her fully.I really liked Violet as a character for the most part of this book. She starts off strong, self sufficient and completely relatable. It’s actually a nice change to have a girl who is fit and sporty as a central character for no reason other than she wants to be, I can’t really think of another main heroine who is like that. Through the book she gets quite ragey and spiteful which is out of character and at first I was puzzled by it then caught on that there were paranormal influences at work and this just worked for the story. Like any good heroine Violet isn’t perfect, she makes mistakes, learns a lot and really grows into her new world as the story progresses while still managing to stay grounded in her normal day to day life.Like so many Young Adult books there are 2 guys and I found both of them to be completely HOT, there is the quiet, reserved “good” guy Lincoln and then the dark mysterious “bad” boy Phoenix who both get quite a bit of air time. Now I’m sure there will be quite a few Phoenix fans out there but I must be drawn to the strong silent type or something because I swear if she ends up with Phoenix at the end of this quartet I will have to smack her over the head for her stupidity! For a bit of fresh air in a YA book there is actually some sex which is so rare these days I actually reread the scene because I was like “did she just do that… like really did she?!!!” Both of the guys really are more than they seem, their characters are definitely much deeper then just good and bad and this is what really made this story a great read. I personally can’t wait to find out more about Phoenix’s backstory in the future books.I really enjoyed the angel mythology and premise of this world as well and can’t wait to find out more, the whole “Embrace” trials to accept your Grigori powers was really interesting and I will be interested to find out even more about the myhology in the remaining books of the series. I really liked how the whole Angel and Grigori lore was new to Violet as well and the information was given out in a way that didn’t make it too overwhelming – you just went on the learning journey with her as the story progressed.Overall I found this to be a fantastic debut novel by a great Aussie author and think anyone with an interest in Angel or paranormal stories will appreciate this story!
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I had heard such great fan fare about this book that I dove into it thinking it was going to be unique and amazing. Early on I realized that it was "just another (fill in the blank: angel, vampire, werewolf, etc)" book. While I did really like Violet's strength and tenacity, I just wasn't all that interested in the storyline of light and dark angels. However, the writing is very good and I can see that this will certainly be a crowd pleaser for teen girls due to the romantic triangle between Vi, Lincoln and Phoenix. Two more books in this series are due out next year.
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars! I honestly had to stop re-reading Embrace just to start this review! It's the kind of book that catches your attention from page one and keeps it long even after the last page is turned. Make sure that you have lots of time when you start this because you won't be able to put it down!Embrace is about angels, but it's in no way just another angel book! There are Grigori, and angel exiles, and sacrifices needed to embrace their power. It was so easy to get sucked into the twisting plot with the awesome angel lore — it was enthralling and original to say the least!Violet was the perfect main character for this novel! She was so strong and resilient even when things were completely messed up, and my heart broke for her several times. And Lincoln (♥) and Phoenix deserve every swoon-worthy sigh they get! The romance — sweet and sensual and a little bit dangerous — just tore me apart. Totally enticing and 100% entertaining, Embrace is a book you don't want to miss! It doesn't end on a cliffhanger but I still wish I had the next book with me right now. I can already tell that this series is going to be amazing! :)BUY or BORROW?: You definitely want to own this book so you can re-read it like I already have! And I'm going to get a finished copy just so I can have that gorgeous purple cover on my shelf! ;)
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Violet is just a "normal" teenager trying to get through school and some dramatic things in her own life. She has a best friend and she has another best friend that she would love to have so much more with if he would only see her in that way. She has a Dad doing the best he can after his wife died when Violet was born, leaving him to raise her on his own and deal with the death of his beloved wife. She loves art and painting. All of that "normal" is turned on it's head when she finds out that she is not who she thinks she is, but is part angel. She also finds out that Linc, that guy bff that she would love to be more, has been not so truthful to her about who he is either and his part in all of this. Violet is confused and needs questions answered, but by who? The last person she wants to trust again is Linc, but no one else would know anything about her situation. Then she finds Pheonix, an exiled angel. He may not be who she is supposed to be seeking advise from, but she trusts him. The question is, should she trust him? When Linc is hurt and on deaths door, will Violet embrace what she really is and was meant for to save him? Can she save him either way? What will happen to her life as she knows it if she embraces her otherworldly nature and destiny? Something this strong can't be all good. She finds out all too quickly the dangers of being what she is destined to be. Can she survive it all long enough to find herself and come to understand it all? Who can she trust to really truly help her?This was a fantastic read for me. It had everything I love in a good young adult book, well any book actually, action, adventure, mystery, fantasy, angels (both good and evil), paranormal, and romance. Along with young adult drama, like being a teenager and then being a teenager that is different than everyone else. Nothing is harder in anyone's life than being a teen, except maybe being a teen that is part something a bit supernatural, which only makes it all the harder on poor Violet. The plot was great and the characters were so well developed I could see them going to the high school in my own city. This book had me sucked in right away and I found myself saying that I would just read one more chapter then go to bed, well, before I knew it it was in the wee hours of the morning and I was finishing the book! It just is one of those reads that captures it's reader. My favorite characters were Violet (the teen that comes into her powers when she turns 17 and has her life turned upside down), Linc (the young man who is Violet's best buddy and her safe person to go to and her secret crush big time, but he isn't telling her the exact whole truth of it all), and Pheonix (the "bad boy" guy that turns out to be so much more than just a trusting person in Violets eyes and not all in a good way). The fact that Violet has had such a rough past and now is going through a huge change of learning she is not only human makes a great story line. She goes through a lot while learning who she is and who she needs to and wants to be in her life. She also learns things about her own Mother, who died after she was born, that makes her hindsight of her whole life 20/20. I love that! I think we all have moments in our lives that we just "see" what we should have seen when we were younger or when we went through a certain thing. It's really to bad hindsight can't happen a bit sooner...oh like when we are in the thick of the problem or situation. I love the strength Violet shows and has, even though she is not normally like that. She puts others before her...most of the time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for paranormal, angels, or just a fun read. You will not be disappointed, I know I wasn't.5/5 Stars!
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